Besides having a vibrant and new band, compared with previous traditional Trinidad cigars, the cigar is something new compared with past Trinidad releases. This is the first time the Trinidad brand will be draped with a San Andres wrapper. The company has used wrappers from that region before, but the Trinidad line has never possessed this wrapper before. In fact, this is one of the first occasions where I have seen Altadis use a San Andres Criollo '98 wrapper ever. They have had San Andres Maduro wrappers before, but never a wrapper like this. Underneath that wrapper is a binder leaf that is Dominican Piloto, and the filler tobacco consists of Nicaraguan tobacco.
|San Andres Criollo '98 Wrapper|
Immediately the cigar showed some lovely sweet spice notes, and there were all those flavors from the aroma. There was a nice bit of wood and leather present, and it was then balanced and finished with some earth and cocoa notes. There was some toasty flavor profiles as well, and in terms of flavor was very enjoyable. The burn line in the first third is a little wavy, but nothing really damaging to the enjoyment of the smoke. I didn't have to relight at anytime, and there were occasions where the burn line corrected itself. It produced a lovely ash that had a solid charcoal coloring, and with that came a lot of smoke. I would say the strength level of the cigar was right over the medium point level, and between medium and medium-full.
|Smoking First Third|
I am in the final third of the cigar now, and it is closing very similar to what it was in the second third. There isn't much difference in the cigar, but when I got to that sweet spot in the second third, I really wanted to keep enjoying that flavor profile. The cocoa, hazelnut and earth notes really played off the wood and leather notes in this third, and all the time it was accompanied by this lovely sweet spice flavor profile. The cigar really captures a lot of great flavors, and makes it into a cigar that a lot of people can enjoy and pickup those qualities. The burn line really got a lot better in the final third, and was near razor sharp towards the end while producing that charcoal colored ash. It kept that great medium full body level throughout, and on the last draw it was still cool, and was getting those great sweet spice notes.
This was another winner by Altadis, and is right up there with the Romeo. I feel that Altadis is really making a move at being a large manufacturer and producing some great and unique cigars this year, that capture those "boutique qualities." I would not say this cigar is up with the Epic or Sumum, those cigars were incredible, but definitely a great everyday cigar. The cigars I smoked were a little wet, but I believe when they are released to the masses they will be perfect and ready for smoking. In terms of flavors, the cigar did not lack any in anyway, and the construction was still top notch. I give this cigar a 90, and look forward to seeing how this cigar is accepted by the market. I have really been telling consumers of the great work Altadis has shown this year for being a huge manufacturer, and this is another cigar that proves what I am saying. With such an abundance and access to great tobacco, I never doubted that a large company could make a cigar like this, but felt that in years past they did not do that. Of the large cigar manufacturers, I think Altadis is way ahead of the other, and I eagerly wait the next release by Altadis.